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Paul Scally considered earlier exit for Mark Stimson

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally
Scally thought about a managerial change in January

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally admits he considered parting company with former manager Mark Stimson in January.

Stimson left Priestfield on Monday after two-and-a-half years in charge following the club's relegation.

Scally told BBC Radio Kent: "I considered making a change after the home game against Tranmere in January.

"I decided to stick with him, so I take full responsibility. I failed and he failed. Now we must look forward, rebuild and prepare for League Two."

Assistant manager Scott Barrett, a former Gillingham goalkeeper, and coach Mark Robson followed Stimson out of Priestfield on Tuesday.

Scally disclosed he was already in receipt of more than 30 applications for the job.


"I've already received in excess of 30 applications and expect plenty more because we're talking about a very attractive job at an ambitious club," he said.

"I've set no time limits but I'm keen to get the position sorted as soon as possible."

BBC Radio Kent can confirm one of the applicants is the former Barnet, Brentford, Leicester and Cheltenham manager Martin Allen.

Scally insisted that finances were not a major issue, despite the club's relegation.

"There is not a massive difference financially between Leagues One and Two after the Football League agreed this week to proposals put to them by the Premier League.

"But we needed to be in League One pushing for the Championship not in League Two pushing for League One."

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see also
Manager Stimson leaves Gillingham
10 May 10 |  Gillingham
Wycombe 3-0 Gillingham
08 May 10 |  League One
Better show next term - Stimson
06 May 10 |  Gillingham
Gillingham manager Jepson resigns
09 Sep 07 |  Gillingham

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